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Music can be like a fleeting summer. You get to the end wondering, "How did we get here already?"
August 26, 2014 The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.
The Tokyo Quartet untangles Beethoven's complex Grosse Fuge at WQXR's Greene Space.
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April 7, 2011 Japan's vibrant classical music heritage spawned one of the great string quartets of the last 30 years. Watch the Tokyo String Quartet play Beethoven, Bartok and Haydn in New York City's Greene Space.
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At age 85, conductor Pierre Boulez says he might start to cut back on concerts in favor of spending more time composing.
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May 24, 2010 He's been at the forefront of contemporary music and conducting for more than half a century. Marking his 85th birthday this spring, a number of new Boulez CDs and DVDs have been released. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews three of the latest.
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Yes, even in the straight-laced world of classical music, one can find all manner of hoodwinking and horseplay.
April 1, 2010 Yes, even within the hallowed halls of classical music, one can find all manner of hoodwinking, horseplay and even a raunchy song or two. Hear Renee Montagne and Miles Hoffman spin some of the more lewd and laughable musical jokes.
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Soprano Marlis Petersen, playing the part of Ophelia in Ambroise Thomas' opera Hamlet, stabs herself after being driven to madness by Hamlet's rejection.
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March 16, 2010 One opera singer's illness is another's opportunity. Marlis Petersen jumped in at the last minute to take on a leading role at the Met, in New York, when the star soprano pulled out. The only catch was that she had to learn and rehearse the rarely performed opera in just 48 hours.
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September 30, 2009 The Canadian pianist's latest release is a collection of "easy" sonatas by Joseph Haydn. With lyrical proclamations and high-minded fun, Hamelin reveals Haydn's mastery of melody, harmony and form.
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July 14, 2009 The streets of Paris might have been in chaos in 1789, but music still rang out. Commentator Miles Hoffman leads a guided Bastille Day tour through the music of the French Revolution.
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